Wasp on pink hibiscus flower

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This pink flowered bush is on the

border of an alley which we walk

all the time between my apartment

and the St. Mary’s playground.

The rain burst into tears

like a typical summer

unexpected

torrential

downpour.

Wasps are almost as

important as bees, in their

spreading pollen from

flower to flower.

x x x x x x x x

Flower with wasp
photo and thoughts
by Robin.

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    • Thank you, Beth. I like how you put this~ nature’s working together. I also read wasps eat old, rotten fruit and it helps out, in terms of “clean up duty!” πŸ™‚

  1. Wonderful shot, Robin–and I agree with Beth that the information about wasps is important, too.

    (You should use your line “The rain burst into tears” for a separate poem.) πŸ™‚

    • Lisa, how kind to say so! ❀ I had my grandson's first birthday party which seemed to be fun while there but I came home and took a nap! Heading to visit my missed friends' posts. . .

    • Joanne, I agree about chubby bumblebees! If you don’t mind stopping by in two days, I have a bumblebee photo. It isn’t as cute as another I posted earlier this summer, though! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Sheila! Glad you liked the shot and accompanying words, friend. That is a great compliment. πŸ™‚
      I checked on a couple of websites before saying this, but I did change this to “almost as important as bees” since I should have clarified more. Someone on one science article said we would be needing wasps if bees’ population numbers went down.

    • I am happy when I have a chance to share the photos I take on my phone, Diana. When I come home from exploring, it is nice to think more than I will be looking at my rather simple shots. πŸ™‚ You never know how much companionship people find from blogging until you become involved in it yourself.

    • Oh, good! Anneli, so glad you are trying to resist killing wasps. They have a purpose but that is not to say I wouldn’t have been more afraid had he been looking out of the flower at me! πŸ™‚

    • Sylvia, so glad you confirmed this to be a hibiscus! I changed the title to include it’s name. πŸ™‚
      I was on a mission to find a rainbow so I found a honey bee, a bumblebee and a wasp instead! The rain came but the sky never darkened enough to display the reflected colors to produce the rainbow. Sunshine showed me creatures instead. . .

    • The wrong end of a few of these guys that got you makes me sad, Sarah. Sorry, they sure can hurt with those stingers! Notice, the wasp wasn’t looking out of that flower. Ha ha! πŸ™‚

    • Lana, so glad to pass on something I recently learned myself. Thanks for the compliment on this. ❀
      Wasps aren't as proficient in carrying pollen as bees; so I did amend my words above. A science article I found online said we wouldn't be lost from pollinators if just bees died, because a number of insects and wasps are able to pollinate. It gives me hope that we can try to keep this in mind. πŸ™‚

  2. Wasps are indeed important pollinators, but I no likey them because they are much more aggressive than my bees. So I give them a wide berth and am annoyed when I can’t get in to work in my beds because they won’t go away. 😦

  3. A lovely close up of a beautiful creature Robin, alas Wasps, Bees and I have a healthy relationship, I don’t go near them, and they don’t come near me, unfortunately a few nasty stings and I discovered I am allergic, still I admire their work in the place of Nature.

    • Admiring that you still respect the wasps and bees place in nature, Ian. So sorry you are allergic to their stings. Sending you hugs for how you care about our ecosystem. Hello to Ana, too. ❀

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    • I leaned close to the flower, Drew. When an insect, bug or bee is facing into the heady scented flower, usually it will be intoxicated and giddy. No worries about being stung. πŸ™‚ Great question!

    • Thank you, Judy. I have time now to go back and leave comments! I liked the colonial blue with red door last week, white trim. Crazy summer work schedule has delayed a lot of commenting. Hope yours is going well! πŸ™‚

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